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Spreester Back To Winning Ways

Published: August 4, 2018 12:12 am ET

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Spreester has been a force all year long in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In fact, the Paul Zabielski trainee may well be the front-runner for local Horse of the Year honours in 2018 at the Spa.

The seven-year-old American Ideal mare, though, has gone through a bit of a cold streak, by her standards, of late. Often a beaten favourite this year, Spreester has certainly done her share of winning and on Friday was looking to score in the $14,500 feature for the eighth time of the season.

Driver Frank Coppola Jr. flashed early speed with the star distaffer, who was part of a :26.4 first quarter. While a first-over Stylish Beachwhere (Wally Hennessey) wore down the race’s front-runner, Spreester slid out approaching three-quarters taking dead aim on Stylish Beachwhere as that longshot looked to spring the upset. Spreester, who was the 8-5 betting favourite on Friday, got up in the final strides to record her eighth Open score of the season at the Spa, stopping the timer in 1:52.4. Stylish Beachwhere was a strong second while Keene Olivia (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third.

It was the 46th win in the career of Spreester, whose lifetime earnings are closing in on $750,000. She is owned by Kevin Quinn of Lewes, Delaware.

Spreester paid $5.30 to win on Friday and led an exacta and triple that returned $43 and $173.50, respectively.

(With files from Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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